Monday, December 10, 2012

Ambrosia Tea Bread

This weekend I pondered, if you added orange zest and pineapple and coconut to a tea bread recipe, could you call it Ambrosia Tea Bread? I decided yes, and the result was a very moist, fruity cake, quite unlike the dreaded fruitcake that's often the subject of jokes at this time of year! This one is so rich and filling, one half a small slice makes a nice treat with your afternoon tea.

Ambrosia Tea Bread

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1-1/2 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Zest of 1 large orange
1 cup shredded, sweetened coconut
1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained of all juice

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt and set aside. In separate bowl, whisk egg for several minutes until frothy. Add milk and vanilla and combine. Add liquid mixture to dry ingredients along with orange zest, coconut and pineapple, and mix just until combined. Pour into a 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan prepared with cooking spray and lined with parchment paper. Bake 75 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan, then turn out onto wire rack and let finish cooling. Wrap well and refrigerate unused bread. Yields 1 loaf.


  1. Sounds completely and totally delicious. I love any and all things coconut.


  2. Wonderful Angela...all my favorite ingredients! Thanks for the recipe!

  3. I need to make some of this for my daughter - she LOVE ambrosia! Thanks for the recipe.

  4. Mmm, I think I'd like this loaf and I'll add it to my recipe section of tea loaves.
    Thanks for sharing.

  5. Lovely idea! Looks yummy and quite moist.

  6. I was just wondering the same thing about my banana bread recipe. Was thinking how good pineapple would be. Thanks for the idea to add coconut too!!

  7. I just love any kind of fruity bread and I am sure this was delicious! I love fruitcake too. Just made a fruit and nut cake for a tea I am having this coming Saturday.


    That looks so delicious!

    I am so going to try that, Angela, that's so much.

    And, well Ambrosia Tea Bread sounds so much nicer than Fruit Cake, haha.

    Love new recipes, thank you so much!

    Happy Tea Tuesday!

  9. My Nana loves Ambrosia. I'm going to print this recipe to share with her.


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